(The data) really helps to inform, not only at a national level but on a provincial level, strategies and approaches for meeting a healthcare need. It’s key information for decision makers in the health sector and in government.The Report’s Findings The report found that no one province stood out as a leader in delivering mental health care. Moreover, there were significant differences across the provinces in terms of both access and outcomes of care, including:
I think the reason this report is so important is because we’ve been hearing more and more anecdotes about how difficult it is to get the right kind of care when and where you need it. And this kind of big picture is the kind of information that policy makers and we in the health service sector need to be able to course correct.The Report itself concluded:
We have demonstrated that collaborative, cross-province processes for the generation of performance measures for mental health services is possible…There is enormous potential now to sustain and expand these successes for the ultimate benefit and quality of life for Canadians with mental health and addictions issues and their families.We will continue to follow developments in mental health services across Canada and will blog about relevant information as it becomes available. At Wise Health Law, we provide advice and guidance on health law matters to regulated health professionals, health professional associations, public hospitals, and healthcare clinics, among others. We stay on top of trends and developments in healthcare in order to provide forward-thinking legal advice and guidance on risk management to all of our clients. For the convenience of our clients, we have offices in both Toronto and Oakville, Ontario, and are easily accessible. Contact us online, or at 416-915-4234 for a consultation.
Earlier this year, Wise Health Law succeeded on a motion for summary judgment in a dental malpractice case on the basis that the limitation period had expired before the Statement of Claim was issued. The (unreported) decision was delivered orally on the day of the motion.
In part, the plaintiff argued that she did not discover her claim until the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (the “RCDSO” or “College”) rendered its decision, as she did not know if the defendant was negligent when she complained to the RCDSO, but merely had a “suspicion”.
In the midst of COVID-19, the proceedings of many health colleges, and consequently of the health professionals they regulate, have been in limbo while everyone finds a way forward.
On March 25, 2020, the Ontario government enacted the Hearings in Tribunal Proceedings (Temporary Measures) Act, 2020 (the “Act”) to help the process along.
The Act empowers statutory tribunals with more discretion over how proceedings before them are held.
Effective 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020, the Ontario government ordered the closure of “non-essential” workplaces. The list of “essential” workplaces included “health care professionals providing emergency care including dentists, optometrists and physiotherapists”.
The College of Chiropractors of Ontario (“CCO”) interprets this list as including chiropractors, and we agree.
So the question becomes – what is “emergency care”?